College’s English lecturer has poetry collection published

A new lecturer in English at Bridgwater College, Thommie Gillow, is celebrating the publication of her first compilation of poetry, ‘My Stepmother Tried to Kill Me’, about her life and loves over the past six years.

The book was launched in Thommie’s home town of Hexham in Northumberland, as well as in Bath, where she enjoyed the title of the 12th Bard of Bath, encouraging storytelling and poetry in the city. Thommie also gave a reading from her compilation on World Book Day. Bridgwater and Cannington students could collect their free World Book Day voucher from the library and exchange it for one of eight free books. Thommie also talked about the publishing process and will be on hand to answer questions and offer advice to any budding authors.

Terry Peers, Curriculum and eLearning Advisor said,

“The best way of learning to write well is by reading more widely, we are absolutely passionate about reading. We have an excellent fiction library and students can also borrow one of our Kobo e-readers which are pre-loaded with a hundred classic works of fiction.”

Thommie said,

“I love English, and am passionate about teaching, so it is really exciting to be here in Bridgwater combining the two. The poetry book is real and raw and reflects the truth of my experiences; I hope any student who reads it will grasp that I am a caring human being who will help and guide any of them wishing to pursue a career in creative writing. Any student who would like to talk to me about publishing or the writing experience is welcome to contact me and I will do whatever I can to help them on their journey.”

In addition to teaching English, Thommie also runs a regular, public poetry night in Bristol, with poetry slams and a headline poet each evening. She is currently writing a collection of children’s poetry for her daughter and nieces.